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February 20, 2017 — Best Places to Work in CT

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28 Hartford Business Journal • February 20, 2017 www.HartfordBusiness.com L ARGE COMPANY CATEGORY 14 Inspira Marketing Group CT Headquarters: Norwalk Industry: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing Website: http://inspiramarketing.com Twitter: @Inspira_Mktg Top CT Executive: Jeff Snyder, President/CEO I nspira Marketing is an experiential market- ing agency that helps companies connect people with brands through live events, pop- up retail experiences, sampling, and social- media campaigns. Employees are shown at a pirate-themed Hal- loween party Employee Bonuses: The end-of-year incen- tive trip is rewarded to all staff members once the agency meets its revenue goals. Employees are flown to a surprise destina- tion for a weekend of relaxation. Employee Recogni- tion: After five years with the agency, Inspira will fulfill an employee's personal passion by sending them on a two- week, company-funded journey to fulfill their personal passion. Community Service: Inspira actively supports Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, benefit- ting childhood cancer. Healthy Living: Inspira provides bicycles, massage chairs, and healthy food options to employees. Training: Inspira supports and provides arrange- ments for team members to attend career development and industry conferences. 13 Vineyard Vines CT Headquarters: Stamford Industry: Retail Website: www.vineyardvines.com Twitter: @vineyardvines Top CT Executives: Shep & Ian Murray, Co-founders & CEOs V ineyard Vines, whose employees are shown at the Stamford office, is a cloth- ing retailer known for its signature neck- wear. It also offers a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Employee Recognition: Annual holiday gifts, which are given out each December, have included bicycles, Bluetooth speakers and barbecues. There are also frequent in-store contests for retail employees. Fun & Relaxation: Annual holiday celebra- tions include Thanksgiving lunch, Halloween costume contest, December holiday party, dodgeball game and two summer Fridays. Healthy Living: Provides on-site gym, putting green and exercise classes. Family Friendly: Allows for flexible work sched- ules and the ability/encouragement to make time for family and passions outside of work. Communication Tools: Hosts regular social events at their corporate office and store visits that include all staff and senior leaders. 12 COCC CT Headquarters: Southington Industry: Technology Website: www.cocc.com Twitter: @coccinsight Top CT Executive: Richard A. Leone, President & CEO C OCC is a financial technology company that provides technology services to financial institutions throughout the North- eastern United States. COCC employees shown above helped build six new wheel- chairs for the Connecticut Veterans Assis- tance Program. Employee Bonuses: Employees can vote for other employees who went above and beyond their normal work responsibilities. Votes are tallied every quarter and the top 10 employees are selected and rewarded with prizes such as paid time off, TVs, and even a $750 gift card. Fun & Relaxation: Company walking program encourages employees to get up from their desks and walk the campus to pro- mote mental and physi- cal wellness, as well as team building. Also hosts trivia once a month allowing employees to gather in the lunchroom to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Community Service: COCC employees are encouraged to participate in community out- reach activities through the company's Com- munity Service program. Employees volunteer at a charity of their choice while receiving full pay for their day of service. Healthy Living: COCC has an on-site fitness center at its corporate location. Training: In 2016, COCC created new Career Devel- opment Roundtables. These one-hour sessions are open to any employee interested in furthering their careers at COCC and beyond. Meetings also include a Q&A with senior executives. 11 Burns & McDonnell CT Headquarters: Wallingford Industry: Engineering, Construction Website: www.burnsmcd.com Twitter: @BurnsMcDonnell Top CT Executive: Brett Williams, President B urns & McDonnell is an employee-owned company made up of more than 5,300 engi- neers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and through- out the world. The Connecticut offices focus on pursuing projects in information technol- ogy, project controls and program manage- ment, electrical transmission and distribu- tion, among other things. Burns employees are shown sorting and repackaging food at the Connecti- cut Food Bank to help fight hunger. Employee Benefits: The firm's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) allows employ- ee-owners to share directly in the profit- ability of the company beginning on their first day of employment at no cost to them. Fun & Relaxation: Burns & McDonnell celebrates employee ownership month in October with a number of activities including an annual pancake breakfast, a treat week, costume contests, trick- or-treating and a lunchbox trivia competition. Community Service: Every year, Burns partici- pates in a companywide campaign for United Way, raising more than $3 million for United Way chapters nationwide in Sept. 2016. Healthy Living: Burns & McDonnell pays 100 percent of a recreational sports league fee for employee-owners to participate in team sports. Being Green: Connecticut offices provide electric-vehicle charging stations.

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